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I've got a long ways to go

by Nanc filed under knitting on June 2, 2006 11:32 AM

Not too long ago, Purling Pirate counted and figured out how many pairs of socks she could make from her sock stash. Heck, she's even got a counter on her site to keep her honest. (And, oh-my! how it's grown lately!)

At one point, I thought that I had scooped her lead (especially after my haul from MSWF). But no. Not even close, really.

First, let me explain to any non-knitter (or non-crafter) that may be reading this and is concerned that their head may explode from the information revealed below. A knitter's stash is sacred and very personal. Size and content don't matter as much as emotions (what makes us happy, content, and excited) and possessiveness.

Some knitters keep a fairly small and tidy stash, which is constantly changing as projects are actually knitted from this yarn. (Crazy, huh?) While other knitters will horde every ounce of some fiber that takes their fancy, with no real intentions of knitting it up. (This is especially the case of a yarn that may become discontinued.)

And then there's the sock yarn stash. These yarns are separate and independent from the rest of one's stash. And the sock yarn stash is illusive when it comes to accounting for the stash.

If you ever charm your way into a knitter's home and are granted the privilege of viewing (and ooh'ing and ahh'ing) their stash and you know that they knit socks, ask about their sock yarn stash. I guarantee you that they will be impressed and that it will be separate. But I can't guarantee that you'll see it. That may just be too much good will to ask for.

Okay, now that I've gotten that over with... I laid out and counted my sock yarn stash today. Not because I was bored. Heck no, I could be knitting! But because the stashes were getting a little out of control. I had been in the stash to get bits n' piece here n' there, and nothing was put away. So it was time to tidy (and ooh and ahh).

So my official count as of today is...

I could knit 68+ pairs of socks just from my stash!

The "+" is because I've been keeping my leftovers/scraps. The knitgrrls and I are going to gather all our scraps together and knit the most horrendous, crazy pairs of socks ever to be knit! Ain't life grand?

Like a good blogger, I snapped a couple of pics of this whole shebang. And of course the majority and best pictures are of Walter "helping" me organize and count. (HA!)

As an aside, I also found two skeins of Trekking XXL (#93 and #126). Which is good and timely since I snuck under the wire and joined the Trek Along With Me knit a-long.

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Posted by: Petra on June 2, 2006 12:57 PM

Nice Stash! I see a few that I own and some STR that I would LIKE to own! YUM! Don't knock your stash... the Pirate may have us all beat, but your in second right now! I wonder what Skitter has...

Posted by: chris on June 2, 2006 01:11 PM

HA! I was actually planning on organizing/counting the sock yarn this weekend! So I'll letcha know (but I know Pirate still wins -- she's got all of us beat, I suspect!)

Posted by: P-la on June 2, 2006 01:50 PM

Wow, not bad at all. My only hope is that I live long enough (or Chris for that matter -ha!) to knit all of them!!!

Posted by: Matty on June 2, 2006 06:51 PM


Dear... [quickly goes to another Web site]

Ignorance is bliss. [grin]

Posted by: Jen da Purse-Ho on June 3, 2006 01:24 AM

joining us for the trek w/ me!! hahaha. you have alot of sock yarn, dude. :) i'm jealous ;)

Posted by: Teri S. on June 3, 2006 11:49 AM

Hmmm...I'm feeling some serious sock stash envy. I think I could knit about eight pairs of socks, and that includes the three pairs that are on needles. I can't wait to see where you'll be trekking with us!

Posted by: Jennifer on June 4, 2006 12:30 PM

I am SO not counting. I know what I've bought just recently....and it's enough to make socks for a couple of years. I need an elf.

Posted by: mk on June 4, 2006 07:38 PM

I bow to your grandness of sock stash. I'm not worthy...

Posted by: bot-gurl on June 5, 2006 11:48 AM


Posted by: Betty on June 5, 2006 02:51 PM

Oh, wow, man, the colors...

Walter must think he's died and gone to kitty yarn heaven.

Posted by: Jennifer on June 21, 2006 10:01 PM

Wait-I thought we were counting SKEINS!

I don't feel so bad now. By my calculations, I can knit 70.3 without scraps. I'm sure there's more under the bed or something.

Now I have to go check out the Pirate.

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